Have you ever watched an artist blow glass? Glass is heated in a furnace up to 2000 degrees, making it malleable. The glass is gathered by inserting one end of the blowpipe into the furnace. The pipe is rolled over the molten glass until a blob attaches to it. The artist blows and spins the hot ball at the end of the blowpipe. During the process the glass is heated, cooled, blown, and shaped until it is transformed into the desired form.
Recently Bonnie Cordon witnessed this process, and pondered, “Is glass a liquid or a solid?
I was amazed to learn from a gaffer, a glass blower, that if you could look at glass through a microscope, you’d see the molecules of the glass are arranged irregularly, and that makes it a liquid.
But, you can also say that glass is solid just by looking at it.
Therefore, scientists decided it’s both and I think I love that.
I want to be glass.
I want to be so solid that people know that I am just by looking at me.
I want to be so transparent like glass so that instead of seeing me, they can see Christ through me.
I want to be liquid, easily flowing to wherever I am needed.
I want to be shapeable so that when the heat comes and the winds begin to blow, I can be transformed into whatever the Master is making me into.
I want to be glass.
And I want Him to be my Gaffer.”
In the Old Testament, the prophet Jeremiah is a beautiful reminder the Lord can shape each of our lives. Jean Tefan explained, “Sometime during the first part of Jeremiah’s more than 40-year ministry at Jerusalem, the Lord instructed him to visit a potter’s house (see Jer. 18:1–2). Jeremiah observed the potter at work, spinning a lower wheel with his foot while working with his hands a pile of wet clay on an upper wheel… Jeremiah watched as the potter discovered a flaw in the vessel he was making. It interested Jeremiah that the potter collapsed the clay formation in his hands and began again to shape a whole new pot (see Jer. 18:3–4). The Lord then asked a rhetorical question: ‘O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter?’ ”1
How much better our lives can be when we recognize the skilled hands of the Master molding us into a beautiful work of art. Are we pliable? Do we submit our whole lives, no matter how difficult it may be, into the Lord’s loving hands? Do we let God prevail in our lives? May we become works of beauty in the hands of the Master.